As ECLC strives to live our faith in action in our surrounding community, we have a fantastic model in the Lutheran Church in El Salvador. With all of its congregations intentionally placed in poor neighborhoods, an annual social justice theme that every congregation preaches, a loud voice on migration and violence and education, and a commitment to all Salvadorans, we continue to learn from our siblings. Most especially, we learn from our sibling congregation, Cristo de Paz in Galilea, El Salvador.
Led by the indomitable Pastor Concepción Vanegas, Cristo de Paz is a growing congregation known as a safe haven in its community, a leader in education, and a training hub for community public health providers. Pastor Conchi is not only Cristo de Paz’s pastor, she is also a registered nurse and the Director of Health Ministries for the entire Lutheran Church of El Salvador. She is, in a word, inspiring.
Next week, from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, she has another title: Our Guest.
Please help us show Pastor Conchi our commitment to standing in solidarity with our Salvadoran siblings in Christ in the midst of challenging immigration talks between our governments. How might we model Christ’s abundant welcome to Pastor Conchi when she visits? Please join ECLC for worship on Sunday the 13th where Pastor Conchi will preach and stay for lunch at Noon with her that day.
We hope you’ll come for these additional special events, too!
· DINNER & MOSAIC: Dinner at Midtown Global Market followed by tour and mosaic making at sibling congregation, St. Paul's. Come for one or both. 5:30-8 on Fri, Oct 11. ALL ages. RSVP to ECLCer Shelly H.
· SERVICE PROJECT FOR CES: Pack food with Community Emergency Service. 9-10:30 am on Sat, Oct 12 Ages 3+. RSVP to Deb James at firstname.lastname@example.org
· SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT DINNER: Geared toward scholarship sponsors, but all interested ECLCers are welcome to a MN Food Potluck. 5:30-7:30 on Sat, Oct 12 at ECLC. RSVP to Marilynn B.
· WORSHIP WITH PASTOR CONCHI: Pastor Conchi will preach in worship on Sun, Oct 13. No RSVPs.
· ALL CONGREGATION LUNCH: Following 11am worship on Sun, Oct 13, we will celebrate Pastor Conchi & Cristo de Paz over lunch and she will speak briefly about health care. No RSVP needed.
· MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL DINNER: Pastor Conchi will join both middle school and high school youth for a special Connections from 5-7pm on Sunday. RSVP to Jacob N.